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Esmeralda single work   short story   fantasy  
Issue Details: First known date: 2016... 2016 Esmeralda
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'When escaped slaves Thomas and Mia stumble across an ancient train in the desert it seems a perfect place to hide from pursuit - yet the wreck of the Esmeralda holds the key to a forgotten magic that might be more than they can handle - or it might just win them their freedom.

Inspired by The Bird of Truth. Spain.'

Source: Publisher's Blurb


  • Steampunk note: The image of the railway train, a prominent technological innovation of the nineteenth century, is highly resonant with the steampunk style, especially when employed in a story that emphasises a politics of freedom and employs fantastical elements.

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    y separately published work icon Steampunk Fairy Tales Volume II David T. Allen (editor), United States of America (USA) : CreateSpace , 2016 10479434 2016 anthology short story fantasy

    'A heart-broken scientist travels back in time to prevent his wife's death, but a mysterious creature foils his plans. Escaped slaves Thomas and Mia find an ancient train in the desert. What peculiar magic does it contain? A three-inch tall samurai goes missing in a house full of demons and possessed vegetable graters, and it's up to his girlfriend to rescue him. And what, exactly, is a beerbot? In Steampunk Fairy Tales Volume II you’ll find whirling airships, puzzling brides, wheezing drunkards, and evil thief-kings. Each enchanting fairy tale contains elements of futuristic Victorian fashion and steam-powered machinery; with inspiration from eight countries, including Australia, Iceland, and Russia. Volume II follows in the rich vein of charming and unique works contained in Volume I, for lovers of the genre and for those who are just discovering it.'

    Source: Publisher's Blurb

    United States of America (USA) : CreateSpace , 2016
    pg. 247-271
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